Boardwalk Empire: “Bone For Tuna”
What do you get a man who would find insult in a bouquet of roses?
October 1, 2012 9:33 pmTerry Yates
It was my hope that with the demise Jimmy Darmody, that so too would Gillian Darmody’s role on the show diminish and we could focus on other characters more deserving of the screen time, mainly Richard Harrow. It’s also difficult to accuse the writer’s of finding things for the character to do so early in the season. But you kind of have to when the episode lets us know that Luciano is a partner in Gillian’s The Artemis Club.
Not only do we have Gillian all up in the episode will also have Luciano and Lansky’s heroin pushing shenanigans as well taking up precious time and not really going anywhere. Of course, I’m aware that this isn’t the case, but when the episode teases more hot Harrow action in the form of him dragging a sniveling Mickey Doyle in front of Nucky to confess to shooting Manny Horvitz and to say that Nucky has nothing to fear from him or his tin mask, you can’t help but be slightly exasperated at the going-on’s.
Perhaps the Darmody connection is there because Nucky is having trouble sleeping, and is sort of in and out of it as the episode unfurls. From time to time he sees a young Jimmy, bullet-hole in his cheek and all, and it’s clear from Nucky’s expressions that he’s having trouble’s coming to terms with what he’s done. On top of all this Gyp Rosetti is still not coming to terms with the new business arrangement that Nucky has orchestrated.
Coming to Tabor Heights to figure out a solution to this Rosetti problem, Nucky tells him that he’ll allow one more shipment of booze, then Rosetti’s on his own. Stating that Rosetti is man who could find insult in a bouquet of roses, Nucky sets the table for the bulk of what his season long problem is going to be with Rosetti. No matter what anyone does for him, it’s never going to be enough. He then spends the rest of the episode finding the insult in Nucky’s “bone for tuna” message delivered by Owen on the morning of his booze pickup. What’s meant to be a benevolent gesture ends up enraging Rosetti so much he immolates the Tabor Heights sheriff, which was proving to be a thorn in his side.
Margaret’s time in this episode is a bit of forward momentum on her need to get a pre-natal care wing built in the hospital she’s busied herself with. She’s shows an admirable bit of cunning, using Nucky’s knighthood ceremony to get not only the bishop involved in the proceedings but also getting the obstinate doctor that is preventing the pre-natal care from moving forward to acquiesce to Margaret’s demands.
This episode also delves a bit further in the business arrangement that the Thompson’s married life find themselves in. While it does bode well for their separate ventures, it does isolate Nucky somewhat. With Margaret keeping herself busy with the hospital, and Billie not answering her phone, we see Nucky’s sanity slip a bit and he starts becoming needlessly needy for some kind of affection.
I do enjoy how “Bone For Tuna” juxtaposes Jimmy Darmody’s first appearance in the series with Nucky’s meeting with Rosetti. Nucky even acknowledges to him that he knows what it’s like to end up very far from where you started. We’re certain that Nucky never intended to make an enemy out of Jimmy, yet through his actions, and every single slight that Jimmy took personally, he soured their bonds and made an enemy of one of the few people he really cared about. With his Jimmy dream sequences seemingly increasing in number, we understand that Nucky isn’t putting this one down easily, and that Gyp Rosetti isn't going to share in this need to prevent further bloodshed over personal slants.
Van Alden’s hellacious existence makes an appearance in this episode as well. He begins one of his workdays being hazed by his co-workers with a gag pen. The humiliation on his face seems to run to his very soul. Michael Shannon’s subtly is a master class in acting by subtraction. He doesn’t have to utter a sound, and this carries over in to the next scene when his wife gives him a pep talk whilst getting him to smile for something he enjoys…her sweet ass. Then further in the episode when he’s at a speakeasy with his co-workers. He looks to be about at the brink of vomiting from pure derision.
After the speakeasy is raided and he has to pay off an agent, something Van Alden was aware of and abhorred in his booze busting days, the question really becomes when, not if, Van Alden will break bad and become the mafia muscle he’s destined to be. I’m totally hedging with this, but it seems apparent, what with most of the people he interacts with commenting on his lack of money and Van Alden being the kind of man that does something about most things.
|FIND YOUR GEEK RATING
out of 10